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YOUNGER ARTISTS SERIES 

NUMBER 3 

PEGGy BACON 



Those interested in the raison d'etre of this 
monograph will find in the first number of the 
series to which itbelongs a » General Intro* 
duction« by Mr. Harold Ward. With as 
much brevity as is consistent with definite* 
ness, this Introduction seeks to formulate 
the intellectual position of the editor, and 
to outline the critical background against 
which he has placed the various figures 
dealt with in »Theyounger Artists Series*. 



PRINTED BY 
ERNST WASMUTH A.-G., BERLIN 



YOUNGER ARTISTS SERIES 

NUMBER 3 



PEGGy BACON 



BY 



WILLIAM MURRELL 



WITH FRONTISPIECE AND 
30 REPRODUCTIONS IN BLACK AND WHITE 



WOODSTOCK N. Y. 1922 
PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM M. EISNER 



YOUNGER ARTISTS SERIES 

Already Published 

Nr. 1 Ernest Fiene 
Nr. 2 Alexander Brook 
Nr. 3 Peggy Bacon 
Nr. 4 yasuo Kuniyoshi 

In Preparation 

Nr. 5 Henry Lee Mac Fee 
Nr. 6 Ben Benn 
Nr. 7 Edward Fisk 
Nr. 8 Henry Mattson 



PEGGy BACON 

Peggy Bacon is already a figure of note to 
all interested in contemporary black and white 
work in America, and to many others besides. 

She was born in Connecticut only twenty-six 
years ago, and is the daughter of the late Charles 
R. Bacon, who was himself an artist. From early 
childhood she wrote rhymes and fairy tales, and 
drew and painted illustrations for them. I have 
seen two or three little »single^copyedition« books 
full of them, and can attest to their simple charm 
and beauty. After her father's death she studied 
at the Art Students 7 League. She is author and 
illustrator of »The True Philosopher, and Other 
Cat Tails «, Boston 1919, and <with Alexander 
Brook) of »Belinda«, London 1920. 



She is not too tall, and of a demure, almost 
ingenuous appearance,- is open, frank, and cre^ 
dulous,- and an innate shyness adds to a general 
<and deceptive) impression of naivete. She is 
charming in manner and generous of impulse, and 
she shows a nice sense of nouance in her choice 
and groupings of words. And one is therefore 
all the more surprised to find her unexpectedly 
sudden and hard in her reactions to people: 

It is this last characteristic that is at present do= 
minant in her work. Her dry-points are clears 
eyed, keen, hard envisagings of groups of people 
in the unconventional, everyday activities of life. 
Dancing, walking, sitting, dining, listening, resting, 
talking, ~ whatever they are doing, they are 
exposed in all their little idiosyncrasies and 
peculiarities of dress, physique, and facial ex- 
pression with a mirthful and merciless line. 

There is both rollicking humor and dry, caustic 
comment in this uncompromising use of the 
diamond-point. Her characters are all physical 
or facial contortionists,- all the subtleties and half- 
tones of human drama are ruthlessly sacrificed for 
broad farce and vaudeville4ike impersonations. 
The work is all gay in conception and clever in 
execution, and, as already stated, has won the 



young artist no small measure of recognition. 
But I ask myself: is this her best and ultimately 
representative work? I think not, for excellent 
though it be, it is excellent within limits — and the 
limits are more those of youth than of personality. 

There is in Peggy Bacon an at present un^ 
expressed sensitiveness, an unemphasized and 
latent potentiality whereby the boisterous laughter 
of her present work will be replaced by an amused 
and inclusive smile. 

Her last .four <as yet unpulished) »Cat Tails « 
show a great advance both in the individual 
character observation and in verbal felicity. It is 
therefore not unreasonable to deem it but a matter 
of time when we shall behold richer and more 
mellow qualities in new dry-points from her hand. 



PEGGY BACON 
REPRODU CTI O N S 

Dry*points: 

Hattie (Frontispiece) 

1. The Promenade Deck 

2. Cafe de la Rotonde 

3. The Dressmaker 

4. Parrots 

5. The Sketch Class 

6. Moving to Highth Street 

7. Teasing the Cat 

8. The Dentist's Cook 

9. The Kidnapper 

10. John Sloan's Lecture 
li. The Bellows Class 

12. The Swiss Restaurant 

13. My Dentist 

14. The Conley Family 

15. The Pet 

16. Backstairs Gossip 

17. Tiddlediwinks 

18. The Elevated 

19. Mary 

20. The Socialist Meeting 

21. Horror of Cats 

22. »Cashdollars« 

23. Dance at the League 

24. Cross-patch 



Drawings: 

25. The Easy Chair 

26. The Child 

27. The Democrat 

28. Cat and Kitten 

29. Model at Rest 

30. The Sportsman 




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